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new technology fosh trailing and surveying. but the country is taking steps to bring its goals into reach. earlier this month, manila hosted an international meeting for countries that use geothermal power. >> it's an exchange of experiences, knowledge and realistic knowledge transfer. >> reporter: the organizers also hosted the tour of geothermal power stations in the philippines. the delegation from kenya visited this facility. the visitors found that japanese technology is widely used in the philippines, a japanese firm constructed this plant. 33 years later it is still operating at full capacity. >> we are very impressed because of the standard the availability rate is over 95%, which means that it is available most of the time. we feel that this is an example we ought to em ulate. >> a japanese government official also joined the tour. like the philippines, japan has a high level of volcanic activity. it is the third largest geothermal energy reserves in the world. but geothermal makes up less than 0.3% of its energy mix. the accident at the fukushima nuclear plant in 2011
based on technologies used by japan's bullet train. the launch of the new service expands china's high-speed railway network to more than 9,300 kilometers. officials plan to extend the network to 16,000 kilometers by 2020. the chinese government temporarily suspended construction of high-speed train lines after 40 people died in a two-train collision last year. but it has resumed construction with the aim of helping correct economic disparities between england and the coastal areas, and shoring up the economy. strong concerns remain in china about the safety of high-speed railways. >> translator: it's good to be fast, as well as safe. but safety should be given priority. >> reporter: railway ministry officials stress that they will reinforce safety measures. these including limiting maximum speed to 300 miles per hour for the time being, 50 kilometers per hour slower than what the trains are capable of. shun ishibe, nhk world. >>> a suicide bomber has struck a u.s. military base in afghanistan, killing three people. patchari raksawong joins us from our bureau in bangkok with the detai
are making use of digital imaging technologies to tap into the growing skin care market. fujitsu has developed a system that uses a smartphone to analyze the condition of a person's skin. users place a sheet called a color reference chart alongside their face and take photos with smartphones that have special software installed. the software compares the user's skin with standard colors on the chart. the photos highlights blemishes and pores and rate the user's skin condition. the data are uploaded and stored to help users and cosmetic companies choose suitable skin products and treatments. sony has utilized its digital image processing technology to develop a system that displays how much melanin a user's skin contains. melanin is a major cause of blemishes. users can check the condition of their skin by pressing a special device against their faces. sony says the system enables users to know the extent of the blemishes they are likely to have in the future. electronics makers are developing new technologies for the beauty and health markets to make up for falling sales of televisio
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